I am 28 years old. I have 2 children, 3 and 6. Back in May of 98, I had a breast augmentation done. Since I breast fed both children, my breasts drooped a lot and I noticed more so on my right side. When I saw the surgeon for the initial visit he had suggested that I have implants that would increase my breast size to a full C. I thought this was great because before nursing I was a C cup. After nursing, I was an A cup. My thoughts were that I just wanted back what I had before nursing.
I was extremely nervous before surgery but the sleeping pill an hour before surgery helped a lot. I had no health problems so I felt confident about the surgery. I felt no pain with the IV and before I knew it the procedure was over with.
I had frozen peas in the freezer waiting at home and boy was I glad that I had. I had taken oxycodone every 4-6 hr., but still felt discomfort. I slept sitting up in the recliner for the first night and then propped up on pillows in the bed for the following few evenings. When I first saw my breasts I thought they were huge. They were swollen and purple with bruises. I remember thinking that I couldn't wait for the swelling to go down so that they would be smaller and look more real. I had a considerable amount of pain in the left breast that would not go away. My breast was extremely hard and it would not move at all. I had a hematoma that was very painful.
I waited months to see if the hematoma would work its way down but it did not. In the meantime, I noticed a red circular area forming on the inside of my left breast. The surgeon thought that it might be infected and tried to withdraw some fluid from the area to see if I had an infection. (This is now a scar that I have to live with.) I finally went in for a suctioning of the area a couple months later. (We were concerned of the cosmetic results since the breast was so large.) The suctioning was unsuccessful. I had the implant removed and had a drain put in for two months. Since I still had the implant in the right side, I was wearing a "fake" insert on my left side. Boy did that get old. Went back in for another implant and things seemed a bit better. The only problem I had was rippling. I have such thin skin that you could literally see the implant through my skin.
Back in for another surgery. This time to change implants from teardrop to round and hard to soft textured. Things seem better, much better cosmetic results, no more rippling and the scar is gradually fading. The only problem I have noticed is that when I would run I felt a tingle sensation under my left breast. I asked the surgeon and he had told me that the implant may be resting on a nerve and that is the reason for the tingle sensation. I have had the hardest time sleeping at night and if I have any discomfort in my breast I am up with the stethoscope (I am a nursing student).
Like I said, I had my first surgery back in May, 98 and I am just now feeling like my old self again. I have joined a gym and have been exercising and doing yoga. This seems to be helping an awful lot. When I made the decision to have breast implants I never thought I would have so many problems. My main concern was my health with two small children. Even though I have had a bad experience I am glad that I chose to have implants. I have learned a lot about my self and what is most important to me. This whole ordeal has made me a stronger person. I wish I were aware of your site back when I was dealing with the fears and anxiety of not knowing. If this helps just one other person than I feel it was all worth it. Things can definitely happen. I'm living proof of that. Just make sure before you decide to have the procedure done that you are mentally prepared to deal with all that may be involved. Thanks for having an informative, great site.